FAQs on Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is a service area about which many patients have questions. We are happy to provide answers to some of our frequently asked questions below. If you have a question that is not included on this page, please contact us.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can meet multiple needs. You might be a great candidate for sedation dentistry if one or more of the following cases is true:

  • You have extreme anxiety or fear of the dentist’s office – including its noises, dental instruments and office smells
  • You need extensive dental work done
  • You have sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex
  • You haven't been to the dentist in a long time, and need multiple procedures done
  • You want to have a more comfortable dental treatment

Can I eat before the sedation dentistry?

You should not eat six hours before your procedure. Having an empty stomach helps us better gauge the level of sedation that is needed.

Are there any side effects of sedation dentistry?

Some patients may experience nausea following their procedure due to the fact that they have not had anything to eat or drink. Most patients feel fine once they have something on their stomach after the procedure. Drowsiness following your procedure is common.

When can I return to work?

For patients who have IV sedation or oral sedation, we recommend taking the rest of the day off work following your procedure. You should be fine to return to work the next day.

Will sedation dentistry put me to sleep?

No. Sedation dentistry will put you in a very relaxed state, but you will not be asleep. With IV sedation and oral sedation you will be conscious and capable of responding to requests.

Will I be able to drive to and from my dentist appointment?

With oral sedation and IV sedation, you will need to have someone drive you to the office and pick you back up, since the medication’s effects will not fully leave your system until several hours after the dental procedure.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. Like any procedure, it’s important for the patients to be monitored, which is why our dental assistants will ensure you are never alone and that vital signs are regularly monitored when appropriate.

Will I remember the procedure?

It is very likely that you will have memory loss from sedation dentistry, especially IV sedation.

How long do the sedative effects last?

It depends on the length of the procedure. We will control the amount of medicine you receive based on your needs. You should expect to be relaxed anywhere from 2-6 hours. Your dentist can provide a more exact estimate during your consultation.

Will I feel any pain?

No. Sedation dentistry is designed to keep you very relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

If I have difficulty getting numb, will sedation dentistry work?

Yes. People who take longer to get numb do not have this same problem when they are under sedation dentistry. You will feel no pain.

Do you have more questions? Contact us today or schedule an appointment to learn more about dental sedations and our services.

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